Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has defended the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, saying that not even 10 Donald Trumps can roll back its benefits to his country.
Mr Rouhani’s comments on Saturday came as US President Donald Trump appeared to be stepping back from his campaign pledge to rip up the deal, instead aiming to take other measures against Iran.
Addressing students at Tehran University, Mr Rouhani said: “In BARJAM (Persian acronym for the nuclear deal) we achieved interests which are non-returnable and nobody can roll them back. Neither Trump nor even tens of Trumps in the world, because they are non-returnable.” He added, “This was an international victory for us.”
Iran accepted curbs on its contested nuclear program as part of the agreement. In return, Iran has benefited from the lifting of sanctions against Iran’s oil exports among others.
Mr Trump was expected to take new action against Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the Iranian backed Shia militant group Hezbollah.